Sinh To Bo

Rose-anne from Crows Nest, NSW Australia wrote me: “Hello Kurma. When I was in Vietnam I tasted a delish Avocado drink. Do you have a recipe? Cheers.”

My reply: Yes I do!

avocado smoothie:  Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie

If you’ve only ever tasted avocados in a savoury context, this drink will be a pleasant surprise. My first encounter with an avocado drink was in the highlands outside of Jakarta; I found it both comforting and filling. This is a popular version from Vietnam where it is known as sinh to bo. It is traditionally served very thick — you may prefer to add a little extra iced water.

YIELD: enough for 4–6 persons

1⁄2 cup sugar,
1⁄2 cup water,
5 small or 2 large ripe avocados, about 800g,
2–3 cups iced water,
2⁄3 cup sweetened condensed milk,
1 cup crushed ice,
extra crushed ice,
extra iced water (optional),

Combine the sugar and 1⁄2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring the syrup to the boil over moderate heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool.

Cut the avocados in half and remove the stones with a sharp knife. Spoon the flesh into a blender or food processor, add the sugar syrup and 2 cups (500ml) iced water and blend to a smooth purée.

Add the condensed milk and ice and process again. If you find the consistency a little too thick for your taste, add a little more iced water and blend again.

Serve in tall, chilled glasses with the extra crushed ice.

Posted by Kurma on 28/6/10; 3:54:08 AM

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